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Remote Wilderness Casita is located within the only twenty mile long gated box canyon in the Chama Wilderness. The rental includes one large room with kitchen, dining area, and queen size bed. There is a large covered porch with two twin beds, BBQ, table, chairs.
The rental is located on the site of an early 1900s homestead and is one of three vacation rentals we have in the canyon, with Ranch Wilderness Casita and Anasazi Wilderness Glamping Cabin.
Gallina Canyon Ranch has been featured in many national and regional magazines, including New Mexico magazine, The Santa Fean, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset, and Martha Stewart Living.
o) We provide fresh drinking water from our spring: two 5-gallon containers. There is also fresh rain water in the 1,600 gallon cistern.
o) A picturesque kitchen and dining area.
o) A three-burner propane stove.
o) A medium size refrigerator - freezer that makes ice.
o) Dish soap and paper towels.
o) French coffee press.
o) Kerosene lamp.
o) A large outside deck.
o) An outdoor wood-burning stove with firewood.
o) A propane barbecue grill.
o) A 4-gallon solar shower bag, liquid bath soap.
o) An outhouse, with toilet paper.
o) When available, we will provide eggs and produce from our garden.
o) 20 miles of peace, quiet, and privacy.
o) Technology-free vacation.
o) Perfect for writers, photographers, artists, and people who want to 'get away from the world for awhile.'
o) Ideal for hiking enthusiasts at all levels.
Due to the 14 crossings of Rio Gallina required to get to Remote Casita, we take all visitors regardless of what type of vehicle they have, and their provisions in our truck. We will return you to the main ranch and your vehicle at the end of your stay.
Remote Casita Policies:
o) We require a signed waiver from each person when you arrive. Please read the waiver before booking the rental. Link to our main web site is below.
o) Camp fires and smoking are prohibited in the canyon due to the extreme fire risk.
o) No hunting.
o) Dogs are not allowed on the bed. Please let us know before you arrive that you are bringing a dog.
o) Please fry food outside only.
o) If possible, please arrive by 1:00 PM. Do not arrive after 5:00 PM.
o) Check-out time is 11 AM.
o) This is a hard-working cattle ranch. You may encounter cows, calves and horses, chickens and wild turkeys, elk and deer during your stay; they will peacefully ignore you if you peacefully ignore them.
o) The kitchen contains salt, pepper, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tea, and various seasonings. Prior to your arrival you will wish to shop for all of your food, drink, and snacks for your entire stay.
o) You might wish to bring water shoes. It is possible for Rio Gallina to flash flood: do not attempt to cross in times of flooding.
o) You may wish to bring slippers to wear inside Remote Casita, as the floor is tiled.
o) More pictures of Gallina Canyon Ranch are available on our More Images web page.
Please check our availability calendar before emailing. Tax is included in the rates. Our cancellation policy: More than 60 days prior to check in: 100% refund. 60 days to 30: 100% minus $25 cancel fee. Less than 30 days of check in: no refund. Guests may change the reserve dates 60 days or more prior to check in.
Elizabeth is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Andrew is from Grand Rapids Michigan. In 1977 we bought the homestead complete with cows. We grew specialty organic produce for restaurants in Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque for fifteen years.
David is from the Los Angeles area. He came to the ranch in 2002. He is our caretaker, and webmaster.
The ranch is featured in many magazines, such as Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset, Gourmet, Saveur, Country Home, Bon Appetit, Wine Spectator, Horticulture, Countryside, Country Living Gardener, Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, Rocky Mountain Gardening, New Mexico, The Santa Fean, Santa Fe Reporter, The Good Cook, Exotic Beans, Southwest Passages, Fine Cooking, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times.
One of us will check you in and out. If you need anything during your stay, feel free to ask any one of us.
Elizabeth purchased this cabin in 1977
The geology of Gallina Canyon is similar to Bryce National Park and Sedona AZ.
Gallina Canyon is one of those "thin places" where all your false selves get stripped away and you recover what is truly authentic in yourself. The canyon offers:
magic (the song of elk bellowing their way up the stream at sunset and dropping an antler at river's bend);
wonder (a little arroyo opens into a large, cavernous space with purple walls and quartz growing out of the center);
mystery (a vortex of energy near some ancient kivas, unseen in spite of many searchings);
joy (ravens circling each other high overhead in a ritual of airborne mating);
surprise (a dandelion appears overnight after snow in the center of a cow pie);
danger (a violent thunderstorm explodes the middle of the night with lightening);
security (a fire in the woodstove cackles "All is well!" in spite of the wind buffeting the cabin), and;
the gift of time (the presence of the ancients who lived there centuries ago melds into pure leisure, reminding me that there is no more important work right now than being still and watching the light change over the sage bushes).
During my three week silence there, my old dog came into his second puppyhood, and I also became new. There we had everything we needed, and nothing was wasted. To those considering a sojourn there: Beware! You will be drawn into deep adventure!
"A delicious slice of New Mexico heaven....heartwarming, invigorating, enchanting!"
I arrived at Gallina Canyon Ranch in late July after traversing the road to the Monastery and crossing Skull Bridge over the Chama River. The Chama was really running and everything looked green and lush. I had expected the area to be stricken by drought but all that had changed several weeks before as the raining season had unleashed itself on Northern New Mexico. Palulukung – the Plumed Serpent – was dancing again over the shining red cliffs of Palotaui and the canyons of the Piedra Lumbre. As I continued on the eight miles to Gallina Canyon I was mesmerized by the beauty of the majestic cliffs, fragrant sage, fiery Indian Paint Brush and the ever present Cholla.
When I arrived at Gallina Canyon Ranch it was like heaven. I was there before Andrew and Elizabeth arrived back from California and I relaxed along with the humming birds and roamed the garden. The last time I was at the EB ranch was in 2006 when my son and I road our Mtn. Bikes up from Skull Bridge. I love this place and feel like I have come home.
When Elizabeth and Andrew arrived it was like greeting family again after a long absence. The next day I transferred my stuff into their four wheel drive and we headed up canyon. I had also been to the Remote Casita before back in the late ‘80s, but I didn’t remember the number of times we had to ford the Rio Gallina. Elizabeth drove that truck like a pro and we plunged through the river with water running high and almost swamping the truck. We made it through with a bit of shovel help in the stickiest parts.
The Remote Casita is one of the finest get away spot you can imagine. It sits looking south in a fantastic East-West Canyon, nestled against a sheer cliff of yellow, white and red. The Casita has everything you need to enjoy your stay from relevant books, cooking utensils, indoor and outdoor stoves, refrigeration, cozy sleeping arrangements and stunning views. I slept each night on the porch and watched the moon rise and traverse the length of the Canyon.
I spent three days up there hiking and enjoying myself and really didn’t want to come out when I saw Andrew riding a Palomino up the canyon. He told me that the forecast was for major rain – Palulukung dancing again – and that if I didn’t leave now I probably wouldn’t get out for several days. I knew to heed his advice and I packed up. He had a consolation prize for me though a ride on the Palomino “Noser” out of the mountains. It was great and I’ll be back.
To stay in the Remote Casita is to step outside of time. 35 miles from the nearest town, five miles by foot from the closest neighbor, without cell reception, internet, or electricity, you are returned to yourself--with no blinking, beeping, vibrating machines to jolt you from the present moment. This presence enabled an awareness and focus that, as a writer, I've never before experienced. When I first stayed in the cabin (alone with my dog for a month), I wrote a poem a day, finishing a complete draft of a manuscript. This past summer, I returned for two weeks with my wife, who is also a poet, and she, too, found Gallina Canyon a place of intense creativity and concentration. Each day would find on us on the cabin's generous deck--propped in the day bed or sitting in one of the comfortable chairs--looking out at the grandeur of the canyon framed by the porch eaves, the small daily dramas: cliff swallows banding together to fight off a hawk, cotton-tailed rabbits darting between the sage, cicadas emerging by the thousands from their sand-sunk burrows.
Andrew and Elizabeth are always happy to answer any questions you have before arrival and have ensured a lush stay once you're there, stocking with cabin with everything you could possibly need, from bug spray to tupperware, contact solution to barrels of fresh spring-water, lanterns to field guides. I can imagine no better place to paint, write, meditate, read, make love, hike, or simply be.
It is one of the most sacred places I have had the honor of visiting and one to which I know I'll always return.
My teenage son and I visited the area in early August had a wonderful time. Our hosts were very hospitable and provided great company. Upon arrival, we discovered heavy rains the night before would make the journey through the ranch a challenge, however Andrew and Elizabeth took great care to make sure we could safely reach the casita. The building was well equipped with cooking equipment and the veggies from Elizabeth's garden made our meals a feast. The location provided lots of great hiking with amazing views. The afternoons were spent wading in and around the banks of the Rio Gallina and the evening sky was great opportunity for my son to use his telescope. Being at the remote casita for a few days provided a nice escape from the world and allowed us to rest and relax in peace. The whole time spent at the ranch was amazing and memorable. We plan to return again next year. Thanks!
We spent just three days of a month-long stay in the South-West here. And yet, of all the amazing places we visited, our stay at The Remote Casita made the biggest impression on us – and the one we keep returning to in our minds. Having miles of canyon entirely to ourselves was a little unnerving at first. But we soon came to appreciate what a rare opportunity we’d stumbled upon. Living completely (yet comfortably) off the grid gave us a rare opportunity to slow down, relax and truly connect with our surroundings, without the myriad distractions of modern life. Being truly still for the first time in a long time meant we were soon rewarded with close-up encounters with hummingbirds, chipmunks and fly-bys from flocks of brightly colored birds. Taking evening strolls in the canyon, we witnessed elk galloping past in the dry riverbed – and found fresh paw prints of the local black bear population. These may be relatively common experiences for South-Westeners, but for a couple of wide-eyed Kiwis from New Zealand, this was an unforgettable adventure. So thank you, Elizabeth and Andrew. We’re definitely coming back!
My buddy and I spent 4 magical nights at the Remote Casita. It was my 4th stay, his first. It won't be his last. He is now as enchanted by Gallina Canyon as I am: the stillness; the quiet; the colors; the rock formations; the elk; the Anasazi ruins waiting to be found and explored. I count the days until my next visit.
There is a cattle trail that climbs 1,500 feet up to 8,000 foot Golondrino Mesa; this all-day hike is the trail that we use to move our cattle herd to their summer home up to the mesa. This hike is recommended for experienced hikers. There is a laminated topographic map of the canyon at this Casita.
Rio Gallina is spring-fed and offers many bank-side locations for picnicking. The river is seasonal, with dry spots and wet spots throughout the canyon.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|Notes||Please check our availability calendar before emailing. Tax is included in the rates.|
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